Chance to see be­hind the scenes in spe­cial places

East Kilbride News - - INTIMATIONS -

Land­marks in East Kil­bride will throw open their doors as part of a cel­e­bra­tion of the coun­try’s her­itage.

Doors Open Days is Scot­land’s largest free fes­ti­val that cel­e­brates her­itage and the built en­vi­ron­ment.

It of­fers free ac­cess to over a thou­sand venues across the coun­try through­out September ev­ery year.

The aim of Doors Open Days is to en­sure that Scot­land’s built her­itage, new and old, is made ac­ces­si­ble to peo­ple liv­ing and vis­it­ing the coun­try.

In East Kil­bride, the Old Par­ish Church on Mont­gomery Street will take part on Satur­day, September 30, from 10am to 2pm.

The present B-listed build­ing by James Pol­lock was com­pleted in 1775 and the Scotch Belry Tower by Robert Pol­lock was added in 1818.

Be­hind the church is the Kirk yard where no­table grave­stones in­clude the par­ents of Wil­liam and John Hunter, the fa­mous sur­geons, and Rev James French, min­is­ter of the Old Par­ish Church (1791-1835), who was tu­tor to the young Wal­ter Scott.

And the 18th cen­tury mau­soleum of the Stu­arts of Tor­rance fam­ily has re­cently been re­stored.

Mean­while, be­tween 12noon and 4pm on the same day, St Bride’s Church on White­moss Av­enue – which has re­cently un­der­gone a £2 mil­lion re­fur­bish­ment – will be open for view­ing.

The church was built be­tween 1963 and 1964 by Gille­spie, Kidd and Coia to a rad­i­cal mod­ernist de­sign and is recog­nised for its ar­chi­tec­tural im­por­tance.

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